Alan Lambert

Host of Big Band Saturday Night

Alan Lambert has been a Tulsa area broadcaster for more than 52 years. He began his career while still a 16-year-old junior at Will Rogers High school. He worked as an on-air DJ at what was to become KMOD (97.5 fm) and KAKC (1300 am).

Later, as a 19-year-old radio program director for 1270 am while attending the University of Tulsa, he moved to the next chapter of his on-air life. In 1964, he joined KVOO television and radio. After briefly working on the television production crew, he was hired as part of the TV announcing staff at Channel 2 (while serving as a part-time DJ upstairs at 1170 radio.) In 1966, he was offered a chance to produce and serve as the air personality for his own daily children’s television show. He portrayed a fantasy astronaut, Captain Alan. His spaceship sidekick was a robot named Oom-A-Gog. That television act lasted for nearly three years.

Next, after serving several years as a television weathercaster for Tulsa’s Channel 2 and anchoring the evening radio news for KVOO Radio, he became assistant news director for the combined department. In 1971, Alan became news director for 50-thousand watt Big Country, KVOO (1170 am). He held that position for 20 years. At the same time, he worked in the weather department of Tulsa’s Channel 8 with Travis Meyer in 1986. KVOO-FM was added to his radio company, First Stuart Corporation in 1987. He was employed by KVOO television and/or radio for 27 years.

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3:03 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

We Remember Normandy on Big Band Saturday Night

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This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night, we remember Normandy, 70 years ago, through the swing recordings of 1944.

The memories and the melodies will be here!

Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5!"

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1:56 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Irving Mills on Big Band Saturday Night

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He is somewhat an unsung hero of swing era band management and songwriting. This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night...Irving Mills. Not to be confused with The Mills Brothers, he helped establish and manage the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He co-wrote songs for The Duke, Cab Calloway, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitsgerald and many more. Join me on BBSN at 8 o'clock on 89.5. Where hearing is learning and remembering!

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3:17 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Bea Wain on Big Band Saturday Night

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This weekend, you will hear another installment in our ongoing series featuring performers you thought you didn't know...but you do!

Bea Wain (now 97 years young) was a featured singer with the popular Larry Clinton big band for years. Her hits include: "Heart and Soul", "Dipsy Doodle" and an early version of "You Go to My Head". Enjoy her songs, her story and many other surprises on Big Band Saturday Night!

Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5!

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11:06 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Ghost Bands of Today on Big Band Saturday Night

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The classic series continues this weekend on Big Big Saturday Night! From the best known favorites, to some of the ghost bands of today and we will have fun.

Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5!

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4:25 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Classic Swing Evergreens on Big Band Saturday Night

Helen Forrest in 1945
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Classic Swing Evergreens will be featured this weekend on Big Band Saturday Night! You'll hear this great music from live network radio shows, stage performances before dance crowds and tracks from the recording studios. Our spotlight artists include: Glenn Miller, a young Frankie Sinatra to Tommy Dorsey, Helen Forrest to Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. Plus, lots of musical surprises! The fun starts at 8 o'clock, on 89.5 and www.publicradiotulsa.org. I'll be expecting you!

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1:22 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Jazz Pianist, TV Star, and Songwriter, Bobby Troup on Big Band Saturday Night

Julie London and Bobby Troup
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This man is sometimes a forgotten star of the big band and American Songbook scene. This weekend we will feature the story and some of the successful music projects of jazz pianist, TV star and songwriter, Bobby Troup. He wrote "Route 66" and "Daddy," just to name a few. 

Join as 8 o'clock for Big Band Saturday Night on 89.5! 19 years on Tulsa radio!

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3:26 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

The Best of Radio Days on Big Band Saturday Night

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Big Band on the Radio is the feature for this weekend's edition of Big Band Saturday Night! From the early network radio days of Glenn Miller, Harry James, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Bing Crosby to tributes to those days from today's Glenn Miller Orchestra to Bette Midler and Michael Buble'.

It's all here on Big Band Saturday Night at 8 o'clock on 89.5

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1:55 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Tony Bennett on Big Band Saturday Night

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This weekend, we take a look at today's Tony Bennett. He's older, but still an exceptional singer and performer. We'll have music tracks from his recent albums and a review of the Tony of the past 20 years. This popular, talented man will be 88 this August. He is a national treasure! Jazz and the American Songbook would be incomplete without him.

This weekend, join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5!

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9:52 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Something Old, Something New on Big Band Saturday Night

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Something rare, something new, something that is a blend of both...this weekend on Big Band Saturday Night! Plus, a couple of tracks from the new album from the Glenn Miller Orchestra of today. Join me at 8 o'clock on 89.5. We will have some musical fun!

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10:28 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Tommy Dorsey on Big Band Saturday Night

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He was simply one of the most talented and prominent swing leaders of the era: Tommy Dorsey. Hear the story of his rise to popularity and his wonderful music. Thrill to many of his top-selling instrumentals and vocals including The Pied Pipers and in their 20s, Frank Sinatra and Jo Stafford. 

Join me at 8 o'clock this weekend for Big Band Saturday Night on 89.5!

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